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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Civilizations Paperback – October 25, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0141014487 ISBN-10: 0141014482

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Historical Atlas
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014487
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Haywood is the author of a number of books, including The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings and The Historical Atlas of the Celtic World.

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I love the color, cover, size, paper quality, text, and font of this book.
J. Thomas
This book obviously only intends to be an introduction to larger studies by other authors, and it accomplishes its objective well enough.
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If you are just beginning your study of ancient civilizations this book will help you get off to a good start.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Boerke on July 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought four atlases from Penguin recently. This one, New Penguin Altas of Ancient History (McEvedy), N.Pen. Atlas of Medieval His. (McEvedy), and The Pen. Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (Scarre). They are all thin and small (under 150 pages and around 10" x 7".

This was the best of all four.

I found the articles and maps to be very good. This was the first atlas I found to show exactly how Meso-American Empires were related.

I also liked the coverage of the ancient Middle East. I love to read history and this book had new stuff I hadn't found. And it is nice to have it all in one place (might have taken me weeks or months to find all of this on the Internet).

Very happy with this book
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Xerofall on May 5, 2007
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Okay,

I got this book as a gift. It covers quite a bit of history in a small book. More of a starting off point for further research with other books. The photos and maps are very nice however. Most of the other books on history I looked at lacked such nice colorful images and maps.

I did find one error so far, page 102, the Greek City States chapter. I was all into reading the story of the Spartan-Athens victory over the Persians in 480-479 but at the very bottom of the page the sentence does not finish.

"""Their victory is generally recognized as marking the beginning of the Classical age of """"

I figured it would continue on the opposite page, however that page starts a new chapter. Kind of a dissapointment. Age of what????!!!! Now I'll never know. Haha!

I'll still look into buying The Penguin Historical Atlas of Rome and Greece only because of the nice pictures and maps.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Gibson on September 20, 2008
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As an atlas, maps feature prominently in this slim overview, and they are very good -- interesting, informative, and well-designed. Ancient Mesopotamia gets the most attention, deservedly so, though ancient civilizations on all continents (except Australia) receive good introductory treatment. This is a slim volume, and lacks depth, but for what it is -- an atlas and an introduction -- it is first-rate. The maps really make the book. My only quibble, a minor one, is that a more extensive bibliography would have been helpful. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Thomas on May 10, 2009
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Wonderful overview and introduction to the cultures of ancient civilization. Of note is the inclusion of the "ancient" mesoamerican cultures from the 13th-14th centuries. (...some books fore go these cultures due entirely to European chronology.) Split into 5 parts each distinct culture receives a couple of paragraphs explaining their origins and high points. The author mostly focuses on the geographic and military realities while acknowledging intellectual and agricultural breakthroughs. As noted in other reviews the maps and presentation are outstanding! I love the color, cover, size, paper quality, text, and font of this book. You can't go wrong for $13. This is the best place to start before reading whole texts dedicated to the Sumerians, et al.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Weston R. Hughes on December 5, 2012
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If you're like me, then you need things as simple as maps in order to help clarify which empires and peoples were organized geographically, throughout history. This is a great overview of historical periods and ancient groups of people. This not a great, in-depth historical tool depending on what you're looking for, but even if you're a professional historian you can greatly benefit and use the maps and information presented.
Go grab a copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate on February 18, 2013
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I had to order this book for an Ancient Civilizations class I am taking. It is really amazing. It has tons of detailed information including maps of each area/civilization and is highly organized. Although I had to get this for school- I will be holding onto it as a valuable reference book!! Penguin is such quality anyways- but as a very impressed student, I thought I would leave a review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert C. Eldridge on January 4, 2007
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Adequate. Interesting and clear illustrations. (No one, of course, is going to agree with materials which had to be excluded in order to fit the estqablished perimeters.) Not as brilliant as Colin <cEvedy's first edition of your ATLAS OF ANCIENT HISTORY, but very useful. (I gave away at least a dozen sets of McE's first edition. His Second Edition is just not as wittily written, but it's still the best on the market.) I like the span of history and the comparision potentials among the ancients in Haywood. Not a bedtime read, but good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on July 14, 2013
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I had a later book in this Atlas series and felt I didn't have a proper baseline, so I bought this one. When it arrived my 11 year old son promptly co-opted the book and the only time I've seen it since is when I see him carrying it to somewhere to read.

Anything that can make my son interested in learning is 100% great.
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